Decolonizing Educational Assessment

Ontario Elementary Students and the EQAO

  • Ardavan¬†Eizadirad

About this book


This book examines the history of standardized testing in Ontario leading to the current context and its impact on racialized identities, particularly on Grade 3 students, parents, and educators. Using a theoretical argument supplemented with statistical trends, the author illuminates how EQAO tests are culturally and racially biased and promote a Eurocentric curriculum and way of life privileging white students and those from higher socio-economic status. This book spurs readers to further question the use of EQAO standardized testing and challenges us to consider alternative models which serve the needs of all students. 


Assessment standardized testing EQAO Early Childhood Education policy enactment Critical Race Theory

Authors and affiliations

  • Ardavan¬†Eizadirad
    • 1
  1. 1.TorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-27461-0
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-27462-7
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